North Philippines District Council 51
DIOCESAN Bishop James G. Rodges
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North Philippines, 51 st Episcopal of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World,
Inc., Bishop James C. Rodges, Diocesan
Suffragan Bishop James G. Rodges, is a vibrant, bold, enigmatic, and captivating minister of the 21st century. He is the Pastor of Jonesville Baptist Church of the P.A. of W. His ministry has blessed others as he travels nationally and internationally. His television ministry, Jonesville-Rhema ministries, is aired weekly in Savannah, Georgia.
Driven by a genuine love for people, Pastor Rodges has blended Jonesville into a multicultural experience. Since becoming pastor of Jonesville in 1988, the membership has grown at such a rapid rate that a new building had to be erected in 2000. Also, an expansion project called Phase 2 was completed in 2004.
Bishop Rodges and his wife, Phyllis Frazier Rodges, have been married for more than 24 years. They have four children, Jordan Megan, James Gregory, Joshua Peterson, and Johanna Caitlyn.
Pastor Rodges has obtained a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from Mississippi Valley State University and most recently a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary.
About the Country and Its Unique Characteristics and Challenges:
The Philippine Islands became a Spanish colony during the 16th century; they were ceded to the US in
1898 following the Spanish-American War. In 1935 the Philippines became a self-governing
commonwealth. Manuel QUEZON was elected president and was tasked with preparing the country for
independence after a 10-year transition. In 1942 the islands fell under Japanese occupation during
World War II, and US forces and Filipinos fought together during 1944-45 to regain control. On 4 July
1946 the Republic of the Philippines attained its independence.
Although the economy grew at a rapid pace under the AQUINO government, challenges to achieving
more inclusive growth remain. Wealth is concentrated in the hands of the rich. The unemployment rate
declined from 7.3% to 5.7% between 2010 and 2017; while there has been some improvement,
underemployment remains high at around 17% to 18% of the employed population. At least 40% of the
employed work in the informal sector. Poverty afflicts more than a fifth of the total population but is as
high as 75% in some areas of the southern Philippines. More than 60% of the poor reside in rural areas,
where the incidence of poverty (about 30%) is more severe - a challenge to raising rural farm and non-
farm incomes. Continued efforts are needed to improve governance, the judicial system, the regulatory
environment, the infrastructure, and the overall ease of doing business.